Gov. Scott McCallum announced a competition Friday to design the back of a commemorative Wisconsin quarter due to be minted in 2004.
The Wisconsin quarter is part of the U.S. Mint's 50 State Quarters Program, which honors the introduction of each new state into the union. The U.S. Mint plans to release a new state's quarter every 10 weeks.
'The Wisconsin quarter should portray the unique history of our state,' McCallum said in the Wisconsin State Journal. 'This is our chance to tell the rest of the country who we are and why Wisconsin is great.'
Any state resident can submit one design by Jan. 11, 2002, which will be reviewed by a yet-to-be-named Wisconsin Commemorative Coin Council. Following that review, McCallum will choose three to five entries, which must be submitted to the U.S. Mint by April 2002.
State landmarks, landscapes, historically significant buildings, symbols of state resources or industries, official state flora and fauna, or state icons include appropriate subject matter. No head or shoulder portrait of any person living or dead is allowed in the design, nor anything that includes logos or depictions of specific commercial, private, educational, civic, religious, sports or other organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal.
For more details about the contest, please call the Department of Financial Institutions at (608) 264-7800.